From Pastor Perry

01/04/2013

1 John 2:1–6 (ESV)

Christ Our Advocate
2 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: 6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. (ESV)

John is addressing the believers as “My little children” which I actually find comforting and later he calls us “children of God.”  That is who we are and what we are, God’s children.  There are 2 words that I want to focus on: advocate and propitiation.  The word advocate is defined as: 1) a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy or 2) a person who pleads a case on someone else's behalf.  I like to think of this as something like an attorney.  Sort of like if someone does something wrong, his attorney tells him to just sit there and let him (the attorney) do the talking so that he can best protect his client’s interest.  Sometimes we think we can handle it and we talk our selves right into bigger problems.  It is comforting to know that Jesus is our advocate, that he will stand up for us when we have sinned and will plead for us.  What’s even better is that Jesus has never lost a case for his “little children”, he is a mediator, savior and Lord!  It’s Jesus again that bails us out!

The next word is propitiation.  It’s a big word.  I don’t know many people who use it or can necessarily spell it, much less say it.  If you stuff your mouth with marbles and say propitiation, it doesn’t really help!  But Wow!  What a word!  Webster defines it as: 1) the act of propitiating.  Gee, that really helps.  But number 2 is: something that propitiates; specifically : an atoning sacrifice. Why didn’t they just use “atoning sacrifice”?  I think it is a conspiracy to keep dictionary sales up.  But getting back to the Scriptures, it is saying that Jesus Christ is the atoning sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins.  You know, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.  Go back and read the text with a clear understanding of “advocate” and “propitiation” and notice that the text is indicating that we are known and seen by our actions, not our lip service.  We should walk like Christ. While it is impossible to walk as Christ, we should not give up trying.  This is crazy but true.  I think of this like a wheel rolling down a hill, we keep falling and He keeps picking us up.  Thank goodness we are saved by grace and not by works.  Lord, thank you for giving us faith and help us in our daily walk to keep our eyes focused on you. Amen.

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